Guatemala Ramirez Maragocaturra
Felipe Ramirez owns a beautiful farm on the north side of Huehuetenagno, Guatemala. Carlos and Leonardo his sons have been working Finca Andrina now for the last few years and have been planting new experimental varietals like this Maragocaturra. We also contract another coffee from their farm called Beatriz. We travel to Huehuetenango every March. Due to high altitude and beautiful volcanic soil they produce some of the best coffees in Central America. Complex citrus fruits, sugar notes like raisins, dates, and vanilla beans, also a wide range of savory nutty qualities are present. We were introduced to Felipe by our importer friends at Onyx Coffee. Yes, I know…it’s a different company and it’s confusing but we happen to be close friends with them and they import all of our Guatemalan coffees.
Maragocaturra is an incredible hybrid coffee variety of Maragogype and Caturra. Just like Maragogype, which is also known as “the elephant bean”, Maragocaturra has a huge bean size. It’s other partner, Caturra is known for a great taste profile, high productivity and with large foliage is resistant to wind damage. Maragocaturra was also the varietal that won the 2016 Cup of Excellence in neighboring country El Salvador. This was the first Maragocaturra we had seen in Guatemala that cupped so well. We have big plans to try and contract this exact coffee next year and were blown away by the taste profile. Felipe usually grows the Bourbon cultivar. The biggest difference we noticed between the Bourbon and Maragocaturra is that the latter had incredible crisp malic acid content. This shows itself as sweet clean green apple, fresh grape, and a sparkling vibrant mouthfeel. This coffee really shows the best of what Guatemala has to offer and we hope to continue purchasing new varietals like these for years to come.
We really enjoy this coffee on a Clever Coffee Dripper. It can retain the slickness of the mouthfeel while accentuating the green apple acidity. Try 26g of medium-course ground coffee to 400 grams of water. Bloom for 30 seconds with 60g of water, then pour the rest quickly. Place the lid on the dripper and set a timer for 3 minutes. Then drain with the lid off and enjoy!
Guatemala Felipe Ramirez Maragocaturra
This is a direct trade coffee we contracted with Onyx Coffee & Felipe Ramirez. It is our first year to work with Felipe but we do have a preliminary contract for next year’s harvest contingent on quality. We paid $4.85/lb FOB price for this coffee and we cupped as an 87.75. We at Onyx Coffee Lab paid Onyx Coffee, the importers and not us, to bring our container stateside for a fee. Onyx Coffee is a great friend to us and brings in awesome coffees, check them out at onyxcoffee.com. We bought twelve 70 kg bags of green coffee.
- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.376/lb when we purchased this coffee.
- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum price was $1.60/lb when we purchased this coffee.
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